Climate Resilient Rural Infrastructure Programme

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About 12 million people or 80% of Cambodia’s population live in the countryside and depend on 40,000 km of rural roads. Many of these roads are run-down and impassable during the annual monsoon season. They prevent children from going to school, impede access to health care services and are an obstacle to trading activities. In addition, villages and district centers lack adequate market places and buildings where local producers, traders and clients can sell and buy food and other commodities in clean and secure space.

Against this background the German Government has commissioned KfW Banking Group to support the Royal Government Cambodia to invest in the country’s social and economic infrastructure in a climate resilient manner. Under German-Cambodian development cooperation, the German government has invested 74.3 million Euros as grant financing into Cambodia‘s rural, social and economic infrastructure. With this input and the contributions from the Royal Government 2,165 km of rural roads, 32 bridges and 10 regional markets could be financed. In addition, many hundreds of children could be brought to school by constructing 53 new school buildings and water could be supplied in a number of areas most in need. Based on climate data analysis, road embankments and bridges are built higher and culverts as well as road alignments have been made larger so that a higher volume of water can be channeled. New or rehabilitated primary schools in areas of heavy flooding have been relocated to elevated sites or erected on stilts.

Climate resilient construction enables year-round use of roads and schools for beneficiaries in rural areas. 

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